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Helpmann Awards: local vs foreign artists, and the other big talking points

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Last night’s Helpmann Awards were thoroughly endured by all in attendance. The ceremony, which recognises live performance in almost every form (from ballet, to contemporary music, to stand-up comedy, to opera, to musical theatre), is typically a marathon event. Thankfully, the ceremony ran pretty much to time (three hours, straight through), and there were some

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Helpmann Award Winners 2017: full list

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Barrie Kosky’s production of Saul, which had its Australian premiere at Adelaide Festival, has dominated this year’s Helpmann Awards, picking up six awards, including Best Direction of an Opera and Best Opera. The winners of the awards were revealed tonight at a ceremony at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre. Leah Purcell’s much-awarded stage adaptation of The Drover’s Wife was a

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Bennelong review (Bangarra, Sydney Opera House)

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Under the sails of the Sydney Opera House, on the same harbour point where Governor Phillip once built him a brick hut, Bangarra now stages this remarkable dance theatre tale about Bennelong. Snatched away to be the colony’s ambassador to his people, Bennelong was reportedly the first Aboriginal man to learn and write English, take

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Sleeping Beauty ballet review (Arts Centre, Melbourne)

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Romantic rose ceremonies are now part of pop-culture thanks to reality TV’s The Bachelor. But The Sleeping Beauty ballet is where you’ll find the original real-deal in single-stem suspense. At her 16th birthday celebration, Princess Aurora balances on one leg, on pointe, in a tricky-to-hold ‘attitude’ position, while greeting a line-up of handsome Princes –

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The Helpmann Awards can’t be taken seriously

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Like many people who work with Australia’s live performance industry, I have conflicting feelings about the Helpmann Awards. On one hand, I think it’s important to celebrate the significant achievements of a vibrant industry, and I appreciate that the Helpmann committee and Live Performance Australia try pretty hard to make a national performing arts award consistent and representative.

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Exclusive: Sydney reveals world’s first ‘breathable’ theatre

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When Stephen Found, the owner of the 2010 seat Sydney Lyric Theatre, is in New York checking out shows, he has to be careful to not accidentally roll onto his phone when he’s asleep. If he does, he might set off the app he designed that within a few seconds turns the vast Lyric from 2010 seats to a 1350 seat venue mid-performance

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